Spotlight on Mission – Discretionary Fund

spotlightAs part of our Mission Giving there is a fund so that we can respond to specific needs such as natural disasters and families and individuals who over the year have been in need in various ways, and giving from this fund has helped in a small way. Please pray for the many groups that help people in times of crisis that money sent will be used wisely.

Thank you on behalf of our Mission partners to all those you who during August at our Team Services supported them, they really do appreciate our help over the year.

Don’t feel that this is the only time you can give, pop an envelope in to the collection plate clearly marked for our Mission Partners at any service across the Team and it can be added to the fund.

Hansi Jain our missionary link in Nagpur, India, working with families and children from the slums and running a school.

CPAS are patrons of our churches and are an evangelical organisation, working to support local churches in mission.

Tear Fund is an evangelical Christian relief agency working through local churches in the poorest parts of the world.

The Barnabas Fund works to support Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

Rotherham Holiday Aid is a local charity seeking to provide holidays for some of the neediest families around Rotherham.

Samaritans offer 24 hours a day confidential telephone service, giving emotional support to people who are experiencing feelings of distress,
despair or suicidal thoughts, and is a registered charity based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Rotherham Street Pastors are a group of trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They patrol the town in teams of men and woman, usually from 10pm to 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, to care for, listen to and help people, showing, in practical ways, that they are loved by people and by God.

Catch up of more recent news/development and specific prayer requests of any of them on their own web sites.

 

Spotlight on Mission – Our Mission Partners

spotlightLast month we were remind who our Mission Partners are and the work that they do -

Hansi Jain – CPAS - Tear FundThe Barnabas Fund
Rotherham Holiday Aid – Samaritans - Rotherham Street Pastors

They all do amazing work sharing Gods love in word and action. Really appreciating the support that we give them through our prayers but they also need our financial support too.

Over the last year we have got out of the habit of reminding folk that each Team Service there will be a specific Mission Partners collection plate and for some that’s just something that has been forgotten.

With Four Team services during August:

4th St Helen’s
11th St Lawrence’s
18th St Mary’s
25th St Andrew’s

this might help us to get back into the habit of regularly giving to them.

We will make sure that there is a collection plate or our Mission Partners at all of them. Please try and give generously so that we can encourage and bless these groups.

On other occasions you might like to make a gift please just pop it in an envelope and clearly mark for our Mission Partners and place it in the Sunday collection

Thank you

For more information about any of our Mission Partners please see their individual web sites

Spotlight on Mission – Tear Fund

spotlightWE’RE CHRISTIANS PASSIONATE ABOUT ENDING POVERTY

Tear Fund Go – every year many people volunteer to go on overseas for a short time to help with a project and here are some reflections on two volunteers Julie and Earl.

At first glance it looks like their common ground is both being over the age of 65. But, after they shared their experiences of travelling with Tearfund, I discovered that it’s their courage and closeness to Jesus that unites this brilliant pair.

Julie didn’t know that she was a teacher until she was faced with a room full of people to teach in Zambia. She gave a lesson in how to care for others, listen well and resolve conflict. You may think that you don’t have the skills to be a volunteer, but if you’ve ever led a Bible study, hosted a small group or been through a challenge in your life then you’ve got experience and wisdom to share.

Julie learnt that it doesn’t matter how old you are, it’s about your strengths. ‘An older man was surprised to see me painting, and asked me my age,’ she says. ‘When he heard I was in my early 70s, his verdict was that I was strong.’

For Earl from Lincolnshire, the challenges started before he even left the country. First, where to go? ‘Cambodia seemed to stand out,’ says Earl. But after some research, he changed his mind. ‘I don’t do heat, and 28–32 put me off.’ Yet, within a few days… ‘God spoke to me through his word saying not to worry about conditions. He will help me cope in whatever circumstances,’ he says.
Next, the cost. Recently retired and on a pension, Earl had every reason to be careful. But a timely sermon confirmed the decision to travel. Did age ever factor into Earl’s decision? ‘Yes, my age did make me hesitate,’ says Earl. ‘But not my ability.’ Earl’s courage comes from his relationship with God: ‘It is not what we can do, but what God can do through us,’ he says.

Find out more about Tear Fund by visiting their website

Spotlight on Mission – Church Pastoral Aid Society

spotlightCPAS is an Anglican evangelical mission agency working with churches, mainly in the UK and Republic of Ireland, who are committed to mission and equipping churches for their God-given task of evangelism. Believing the most strategic way to help churches become more mission focused is by developing effective leadership.

CPAS is all about helping churches in the UK and Ireland reach out to the men, women and children in their communities with the life-changing good news of Jesus Christ and do this through:

  • Enabling hundreds of churches to make disciples and develop leaders through our Growing Leaders and Mentoring Matters courses.
  • Helping churches continue to thrive in times of vacancy through our Growing Through a Vacancy resource.
  • Equipping influential younger leaders on our Arrow Leadership Programme.
  • Helping hundreds of people to explore God’s call through our vocations events and resources.
  • Partnering with dioceses to deliver high-quality bespoke training for clergy and lay leaders.
  • Resourcing thousands of leaders be more effective through Lead On.
  • Providing training events for lay and ordained leaders on a variety of topics.
  • Giving 4,500 children and young people an amazing week of fun, faith and friendship on our Ventures and Falcons each year.
  • Appointing evangelical clergy to our 500+ patronage churches.

Please remember to pray for these activities and the other areas of work that CPAS do.

To find out more why not visit their website www.cpas.org.uk

Spotlight on Mission – The Barnabas Fund

spotlightThe Barnabas Fund states the following:

We believe we are called to address both religious and secular ideologies that deny full religious liberty to Christian minorities, while continuing to show God’s love to all people.

We believe in the clear Biblical teaching that Christians should treat all people of all faiths with love and compassion, even those who seek to persecute them.

We believe in the power of prayer to change people’s lives and situations, either through grace to endure or through the deliverance from suffering.

“Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

We seek to meet both practical and spiritual needs.

We seek to encourage, strengthen and enable the existing local Church and Christian communities, so that they can maintain their presence and witness, rather than setting up our own structures or sending out missionaries.

We seek to tackle persecution at its root by making known the aspects of the Islamic faith and other ideologies that result in injustice and oppression of non-believers.

We seek to inform and enable Christians in the West to respond to the growing challenge of Islam to Church, society and mission in their own countries.

We seek to facilitate global intercession for the persecuted Church by providing comprehensive prayer materials

You can find out more by taking a look at their web-site
www.barnabasfund.org

Thank you for your giving and prayers which are much appreciated and vital to the work of our Mission Partners and don’t forget you make a gift to them any time during the year just make sure that you

Spotlight on Mission – Our Mission Partners

spotlightAt the beginning of 2019 let’s remind ourselves of who we as The Rivers Team support. They really do appreciate our prayers and financial gifts.

Don’t forget that you can make a gift to them any time during the year just make sure that you place your gift into an envelope and clearly mark it for our Mission Partners and place it in the collection plate at any of our churches. It is so easy to forget to place a gift in the plate every now and again, so this year, can I encourage you to join with me in making a specific gift each month, on the first Sunday of the month?

Hansi Jain is our missionary link in Nagpur, India, working with families and children from the slums and running a school.

CPAS are patrons of our churches and are an evangelical organisation working to support local churches in mission.

Tear Fund is an evangelical Christian relief agency working through local churches in the poorest parts of the world.

The Barnabas Fund works to support Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

Rotherham Holiday Aid is a local charity seeking to provide holidays for some of the neediest families around Rotherham.

Samaritans offer 24 hour a day telephone confidential emotional support to people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts and is a registered charity based in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Rotherham Street Pastors are a group of trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They patrol in teams of men and woman usually from 10pm to 4.00am on a Friday and Saturday night, to care for, listen to and help people, showing that they are loved by people and by God in practical ways.

For more information about any of our Mission Partners please see their individual web sites

 

Spotlight on Mission – Discretionary Fund

spotlightAs part of our Mission Giving there is a fund so that we can respond to specific needs such as natural disasters and families and individuals who over the year have been in need in various ways, and giving from this fund has helped in a small way. Please pray for the many groups that help people in times of crisis that money sent will be used wisely.

As this is the last spotlight for this year I remind you of our Mission Partners. Perhaps you could give a Christmas gift to them: some extra prayers or some financial support would be much appreciated.

Hansi Jain (Inheritors Trust) our missionary links in Nagpur, India, working with families and children from the slums and running a school.

CPAS are patrons of our churches and are an evangelical organisation,
working to support local churches in mission.

Tear Fund is an evangelical Christian relief agency working through local churches in the poorest parts of the world.

The Barnabas Fund works to support Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.

Rotherham Holiday Aid is a local charity seeking to provide holidays for some of the neediest families around Rotherham.

Samaritans offer 24 hours a day confidential telephone service, giving emotional support to people who are experiencing feelings of distress,
despair or suicidal thoughts, and is a registered charity based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Rotherham Street Pastors are a group of trained volunteers from local churches who care about their community. They patrol the town in teams of men and woman, usually from 10pm to 4am on Friday and Saturday nights, to care for, listen to and help people, showing, in practical ways, that they are loved by people and by God.

 

 

Spotlight on Mission – Tear Fund Zoe Project

 

spotlightThe Rivers Team have supported Tearfund for several years. It is an organisation that seeks to lift people out of spiritual and material poverty. It runs and supports numerous projects around the world.

As a parish we have now chosen to be a ‘Connected Church’ with the Zoe Project in Zimbabwe. With our help, “over the next three years ZOE can support 18,000 children in their existing families and communities. They can help them to remain in education, provide the chance of a stable livelihood, and empower them to live dignified lives with hope and a future”.

It is estimated that Zimbabwe has the highest number of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (890,000 out of 12 million) per capita anywhere in the world. Zoe trains and empowers local churches to empower people to stand on their own two feet materially and spiritually.

Patience’s three daughters Promise, Ruth and Mercy were some of these children. Patience was widowed in 2003, with no way of bringing in an income. The kids dropped out of school, the only food they had was what they could forage in the jungle. Patience and her family were helped by the local Zoe workers. They were initially given two food parcels and then three goats. These goats have provided an income to the family. This small act has allowed for the children to return to school. The family are also now not isolated because they are now part of the church community.

  • A gift of £350 would train someone like Patience in how to look after goats. With this training they can build a livelihood and a steady income to support their family.
  • A gift of £220 would train a church in how to counsel vulnerable families, giving them vital emotional support.
  • A gift of £80 would change the lives of five children in Zimbabwe.

Look out for more information from the Zoe project in future Spotlight articles

or learn more from: https://connected.tearfund.org/en/partners/zoe

 

Spotlight on Mission – Rotherham Holiday Aid

spotlightRotherham Holiday Aid is a local charity, established 25 years ago, which began as a response to the devastating effect upon families of the dramatic rise in unemployment in the 1980’s.

Rotherham Holiday Aid works in association with the London-based Family Holiday Association to enable families in the most disadvantaged circumstances to have a short holiday break. Most breaks are self-catering in caravan parks or holiday centres in the UK.

For over 40 years, the Family Holiday Association has provided breaks for UK families struggling with issues such as disability, severe and sudden illness, bereavement, mental health issues and domestic violence.

The charity was founded on the belief that holidays are a lifeline, not a luxury, and this is a key principle that survives to this day. The majority of families helped have never before been on a family holiday. The evidence shows that spending time together away from their daily struggles can be life-changing for the families .

Well over 1500 disadvantaged Rotherham families have been helped in this way since RHA began its work.

Most people who are helped have not had a holiday in the past four years and have not had the chance to spend time together away from the pressures and stress of everyday life.

The need for this support has not diminished over the years and in current circumstances is increasing.

Thank you for your giving and prayers which are much appreciated and vital to the work of our Mission Partners and don’t forget you can make a gift to them any time during the year just make sure that you place your gift into a envelope and clearly mark it for our Mission Partners.

Spotlight on Mission – Rotherham Street Pastors

spotlightChurch’s of Rotherham came together in 2009/2010 to fully back the Street Pastor initiative. Since then we have had volunteers out on the streets of Rotherham every Friday night, missing only a couple of nights in the 4 years we have been running.

Most of the volunteers have lived in Rotherham most of our lives and think it is a great place to live. We want to show the people that live here in very practical ways that God is close and loves each and every one of us.

Some Street Pastors, after specific training, go further afield to offer support in times of emergency. Here is a record of one such time.

On 22nd May 2017 late evening there was the life devastating terrorist explosion at the Manchester Arena. There were 23 adults and children killed and 116 were injured, some critically. The emergency and rescue services responded quickly and had been working tirelessly rescuing people and investigating the attack.

The next day Response Pastors, mainly from South Yorkshire area, responded and deployed into the City Centre area of Manchester. They liaised with local Churches and the Police in order to provide  appropriate compassionate care and support within the grieving communities.

Response Pastors from many parts of the UK joined the South Yorkshire teams over the days and were assisted by Manchester area Street Pastors who patrolled within the teams, where their local knowledge and experience was indispensable. During the week that they all deployed for, they were able to share compassion and hope with many people, whilst also assisting, where requested, the Police and other authorities. There was also a Response Pastor critical stress adviser on site for most days to give assistance where needed.

Rotherham Street Pastors don’t receive any regular funding so anything that people are able to do to help them keep running is very much appreciated.

Thank you for your giving and prayers which are much appreciated and which are vital to the work of our Mission Partners. And don’t forget, you can make a gift to them any time during the year just make sure that you place your gift into a envelope and clearly mark it for our
Mission Partners.

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